go to the mattresses

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go to the mattresses

To enter into or prepare for a lengthy war, battle, or conflict; to adopt a combative or warlike position. While the true origin is uncertain, the phrase was popularized in English by The Godfather novel and films, where it referred to warring mafia families housing their soldiers in small, secure apartments to await orders. While Republicans have shown some flexibility over other contentious issues, it looks as though they're ready to go to the mattresses over the issue of gun control. We'll go to the mattresses if that's what it takes to defend ourselves!
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An inscription from Cramond and the Matres Campestres.
At the same time, Collum was right in reminding her readers that there were quite a number of megaliths which contained figurines of Venus and the Matres, as well as the customary collections of coins.
It has been shown that, generally, words that might be written with matres lectionis when they occur without an affix are more likely to be written defectively when an affix is added.
wedi rhoi tomen o stwff o'r fan ar ben y matres nos Sadwrn, mi ges noson well, diolch byth.
2- Ouled Nail : Bon troisiame sur 1400 matres alors qu'il restait sur une excellente deuxiame place sur la mame distance, ce pensionnaire de l'excellente curie B.
Erbyn i mi gludo'r cwilt a'r clustogau i'r babell, roedden nhw eisoes yn wlyb, felly ddaru mi ddim trafferthu efo matres.
3- Manel : Elle ne doit pas atre juge sur sa derniare sortie o* elle a termin dixiame sur 1300 matres, car elle affrontait ce jour-l de sacrs clients.
54-55, Burtea disputes my claim that the Mandaic script is characterized by a system of vowel letters rather than matres lectiones on the grounds that "It is enough to take a superficial look at the oldest evidence of the Mandaean literature to declare immediately that beside the scriptio plena also appears a frequently defective orthography" and "it is not true that [i and u] are only used to indicate vowels and semi-vowels .
Ro'n i'n crafu mhen ynglyen sut i gadw blanced yn fflat dros yr haf, ond duwcs, ei rhoi o dan y matres ynde?
Les recherches lances sur place finissent gnralement retrouver les enfants disparus quelques matres du parasol de leurs parents ou au niveau des crmeries et des restaurants situs aux alentours de la plage.
Cofiaf helpu i roi y pesgwyn mewn ticin i wneud matres drwchus i'w rhoi ar y gwely yn y groglofft.
An easier explanation is to be found in the tendency over time to write an increasing number of matres lectionis.